Samsung Galaxy 2 360 - Full review with Pros and Cons
With the ever-emerging market of laptop and saturated market for smartphones, Samsung decided to try its hands on Indian market for its laptops. Have you ever heard of Galaxy notebooks before? Even if you have heard they weren’t as popular, but this time Samsung looks promising. So is the Korean giant ready for the laptop market or it needs more effort to tackle the old players. Let’s find out. Today we will review the 2 in 1, Galaxy Book 2 360. An elder brother to the Galaxy Book 2.
To begin with the build and design. To Samsung’s credit, the design and build looks fantastic. Aluminum throughout and even distribution of weight makes it feel like a solid piece of hardware.
It weighs just around 1.16 kilos which is lighter than most of the 2 in 1 laptop having similar sized screen. The Aluminum finish feels premium but at the asking price, this device seems like a compromise where the bezels are way bigger than usual. More on display is covered in the later section of this article.
Overall, a really elegant looking device which doesn’t push to look apart.
Ports, I/O and Connectivity
Connectivity too remains quite conventional. We get 1x USB Type-C ports which supports charging, a Thunderbolt 4 port, single USB 3.2 for faster data transfer and a single HDMI port and a single SD card slot. While support for single USB is a bummer, but given Type – C support, it still seems like a compromise.
The Galaxy Book 2 360 comes with Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.1. These can ensure connectivity of the device remains intact.
For where it’s due, Samsung has added plethora of connectivity options for those who use a galaxy device (Smartphone or Tablet). Screen sharing, data transfer all can be done wirelessly through the apps integrated in the device. I would have personally preferred if all Android devices had support.
Also, Galaxy Buds have native support too.
Keyboard– Even though the Galaxy Book 2 360 is a 2 in 1, It still has nice keyboard with backlight support. The white keys may be a problem in the daylight. Travel is fine, the response is also acceptable at this price range.
Trackpad – It is also big enough. But not as big as MacBook. It is precise and easily gets the job done.
The Galaxy Book 2 is equipped with a 1080p FHD with 87 degrees wide camera. And with AI features equipped mic the sound quality is good enough.
The stylus is also a cherry on cake, the laptop and stylus complement each other nicely.
Samsung is known for its displays and it is also one of the largest display manufacturers. This Galaxy Book 2 360 is equipped with a 13.3″ Super AMOLED touchscreen display with a refresh rate of 60 Hz. A Super AMOLED display from Samsung needs no introduction. The display here is simply gorgeous and colours are pleasing to the eyes. We can easily distinguish this display from most of the other laptops.
While the display is great, lack of higher refresh rate bothers a lot if switching from a high refresh rate panel. That said, overall, a quality screen and recommended for display centric buyers.
The i7 12th gen chips are good and mostly on par with 6 series Ryzen chips. The thermals are in check but extended usage may heat up the Galaxy Book 2 360 a bit. With that acknowledged, it is important to note that this device is strictly not for gaming. This is a productivity and business laptop hence lack of gaming centric features doesn’t feel like a compromise.
For normal to heavy usage the laptop can handle everything we throw at it. For photoshop and video editing this laptop can be a good choice.
There’s a 2x 2W stereo speaker setup. This with added Dolby Atmos and AKG support produces good sound output. Nothing extra ordinary but gets the job done. Good bass and treble with stereo surround make movie watching a good experience.
The Galaxy Book 2 360 packs in a 61 Wh battery inside which can be charged using Type-C 65 W of charger which is bundled with the laptop. Given the efficient nature of AMOLED displays, this machine lasts easily above 8 hrs which is commendable. 65W is fast but there are way fasters options available for the same price range.
If you are in the market to buy a laptop and your highest priority is Display then go for it. For rest others there are way better options available for the same price or even lesser. The asking price of Rupees 105,000 is no joke and if the Company wants to survive, they should start to offer more.
For more on the new MacBook Pro check here.